Ag Students Receive Farm Bureau Scholarships
Monroe County Farm Bureau has awarded three $750 scholarships to local students aspiring to careers in agriculture. Recipients of the awards can use the funds to attend college, trade school, or apprenticeship programs that support the agricultural industry.
“These students are the future of the agriculture industry of Monroe County, and we consider these scholarships to be an investment in the future of our community,” said Mark Mathe, President of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. “Their achievements will impact the future success of farms and agri-businesses in our area.”
The 2021 winner of the Betty Bliss Scholarship is Madison Bank of Carleton. It is named for long-time County Office Administrator Betty Bliss, and has been presented annually since 1988. Madison is attending Michigan State University studying Crop and Soil Sciences with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. The daughter of William and Heather Bank, she graduated from Airport High School and was a member of the Swan Creek 4-H Club for ten years. Upon graduation from MSU, she plans to become a crop consultant to help serve the farmers of Michigan.
The Dale Lynn Mason Scholarship, which honors long-time secretary Dale Lynn Mason who served the bureau for over 28 years, was awarded to Katlyn Taylor of Ottawa Lake. Katlyn is attending Michigan State University studying Agribusiness Management. She is on track to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in the Winter of 2022 with aspirations to then earn a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy. Katlyn is the daughter of Tim and Heidi Taylor, and is a Whiteford High School graduate. She was an FFA Officer the last 3 years of high school, a member of the National Honor Society, and served as Secretary of the Student Council and Vice President of her senior class.
Finally, the third scholarship awarded this year is the Young Farmer Memorial Scholarship. The oldest scholarship awarded by the bureau, it was renamed seven years ago as a tribute to the Young Farmers of our group whose lives were cut short before reaching their full potential. The scholarship was presented this year to Grace Herkimer of Monroe. Grace earned her Associate’s Degree from the MSU Agricultural Operations program, housed on the campus of Monroe County Community College. She will be transferring to MSU this fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. A graduate of Ida High School, Grace is the daughter of Jerry and Carol Herkimer, and plans to remain in the agricultural industry after graduation, possibly in animal research, production, or nutrition.
Winners are eligible to compete in all years of school against new applicants, provided they continue their studies in an agriculture-related field. Since 1988, Monroe County Farm Bureau has invested over $45,000 in the future agricultural leaders of our community! We wish everyone who competed for these awards the best of luck as they continue their studies. They are truly the future of agriculture in Monroe County!